“Don't talk rot, You're a hunter, not a philosopher. Who cares how a target feels?”
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Xaara Vanalyne Vaperox
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Xaara is unassuming, standing at a height on the lower end of the interstellar average for her ethnicity and gender; a fact that has been often utilized to her benefit in busy crowds when tracking down contracts and escaping from various individuals. When considering her attire, Xaara prefers wearing simplistic synthetic fibers that are the norm among the lower income brackets though one thing that seems to be a recurring preference is a jacket derived of ballistic fibers and design to not only keep her warm but also protected by conventional weapons. Xaara’s hair is drawn roughly and at mid-length with her bangs held by unremarkable clips to keep them uniform and as a form to not obstruct her vision. Her hair, which was once blonde, has for several years of her life been dyed into a pale teal color. Her eyes, cerulean, appear reminiscent of her personality—cold, icy, and unforgiving.
◤ P E R S O N A L I T Y T R A I T S ◢
Analytical Blunt Introverted Sarcastic Stoic
◤ B A C K G R O U N D ◢
Xaara was supposedly born in 2421 CE on the colonial principality of Ganymede.
The authenticity of Xaara’s identity is in dubious waters at best, as evidenced by investigations into her legitimacy as a professional bounty hunter from various rivals over the last decade. Whilst there is documentation that appears to shut down any suggestion she is not who she says she is, there is also issues in confirming it. As per her dossier, Xaara has no living relatives, mentors, or childhood friends due to the pacification of their lives on Ganymede twelve-to-fourteen cycles ago. Some people suggest this coincidence is too convenient to be valid. Xaara’s personal preference to talk as little about her past as possible makes the issue quite difficult to prove or disprove.
The events between her past and becoming a founding member of Absolute Magnitude are many—and likely seen as well-respected accomplishments for a woman of her relatively youthful age.
◤ S T R E N G T H S ◢
Dexterous: Xaara realizes she needs to be quick to survive in tense situations despite her incessant need to be completely prepared for a scenario. She isn’t tall or strong so she has had to adapt to be quick and clever instead.
Piloting: For many years, Xaara had to operate independently in her career as a bounty hunter and freelance pilot. She doesn’t boast any victories over pirates, smugglers, or renegade militants but the records that can be unraveled attached to her dossier shows that she has more than credentials to graduate from flight school.
Sniper: Perhaps Xaara’s biggest asset is her ability to strike from a distance—with a high precision energy rifle outfitted with a multi-functional scope. Even beyond her capability as a fighter pilot is her talents as a long-range sharpshooter, a reality that has ended the careers of various criminals throughout the interstellar territories.
Trained Combatant: Xaara appears relatively competent in terms of close quarters combat. A fact that encompasses archaic studies like swordplay but also the martial arts. Whether Xaara’s understanding of either forms come from could be anybody’s guess as she has made it abundantly clear that like her background she has no interest in sharing the facts of their origin.
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Perfectionist: Xaara is finicky, almost to the point of madness—a fact that is abundantly clear in her methodology and belief that if you have to do something that you should do it correctly. This obsession with the details and preparations for things is a double-edged sword that has led her to argue incessantly on multiple occasions. For men and women of action, this trait can seem impossible to work with.
Reclusive: Even amongst those close to her, Xaara remains a constant curiosity. This is, in part, due to her tendency to be reclusive and guarded about her past and experiences. This particular predisposition makes her seen as difficult and puzzling; a reality that has led to an amount of distrust between her partners and contacts. It brings the question—is she just antisocial or is she hiding something?
Short: As aforementioned, Xaara is not particularly tall or imposing. She holds a somewhat athletic build due to her line of work, but this does not mean she can last any amount of time in a brawl without using her size and intelligence to her advantage. As such Xaara can count the volume of scenarios where a situation ended with her being pinned against a wall by her throat or thrown across a room.
Socially Inept: As skilled as Xaara is with a rifle and blade, she is often limited in the profession when working alone due to the fact that she is socially inept; so much so that she cannot comprehend why people are angry when she gives a blunt, matter-of-fact response that seems to have an absence of empathy or relatability. It is this reason that she’s a notoriously bad investigator when she doesn’t have a trail to follow from a potential target or a partner that can handle the social aspect of gathering information.
Standing at 5’1”, Penelope is admittedly not a very tall girl; a situation that makes it very difficult for her to be spotted in a large crowd; a double-edged sword. She wears thick-rimmed glasses to correct her eyesight. In terms of attire and dress, she admittedly doesn’t think about it very distinctly. Her hair is often worn loosely with a few brush strokes and her clothing choice isn’t really fashionable – a slightly oversized hoodie is fine for her. This bookish and seemingly apathetic manner has certainly played a part in her local social life.
◤ P E R S O N A L I T Y ◢
Acerbic Analytical Anxious Cautious Timid
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Penelope’s childhood and life experiences is pretty insignificant by all measures and at fifteen years old the only noteworthy thing that has happened in her life was a pretty run-of-the-mill divorce that preceded her mother’s untimely death to cancer a month before she started high school. But her mother’s death didn’t cause her to be a recluse or disinterested in making friends. In fact, she was of the bookish and shy variety long before her parent’s divorce five years ago. When Penelope was kidnapped, she was on her way home from the library in an innocuous afternoon. Safe to say, Penelope wasn’t very good at running from her captors; even in a neighborhood she was completely familiar with.
As a captive, Penelope tried to keep her emotions under check and keep her eyes open for any clues and information to help her get away from the painful experiments brought on upon her. Prior to the manifestation of her gene ability she figured that focusing on her memory would be the only way she could survive before things got worse.
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The tampering of Penelope’s genetics has led to the development of psychometry, a powerful ability in its own right that both Penelope and the scientists that forced it upon her have yet to fully understand. In its earliest and most basic state, it serves as an extension of her photographic memory to the point that she obtains inklings and sometimes outright memories pertaining to the object she is interacting with. How far this can develop remains to be seen, but the scientist assigned to her development believes it has a great amount of potential in recollecting information and perhaps fundamentally (and permanently) learning and experiencing things in an instant.
Player’s Note: Due to the territory psychometry tends to bring up, I feel like I should mention that I have absolutely zero intent to abuse the power and circumnavigate any metagaming rules. This is me just creating a character and realizing that psychometry fits them best in the character development process. Extensive (aka high tier abilities) powers such as psychometric telepathy, tactile telepathy, and talent replication would be things that would be need to be discussed if it’s necessary for the story to develop those powers. As I see RPing as a collaborative effort over a competitive one, I assure you any ideas will be discussed if the power is acceptable at all.
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Despite her current situation, Penelope is still a rather mundane high school student and as such she doesn’t really have much for knowledge, ability, and experience. In fact, outside of her peculiar mind her attributes are fairly average across the board – she has a good metabolism, she has decent stamina, she can keep up with gym exercises to a bare minimum, and has poor eyesight without corrected eyewear. What she has beyond that isn’t much; and given her niche knowledges about pop culture and art all she seems to have in worthwhile skills is fluency in three languages (english, french, and latin), musical talents, observational skills, and a photographic memory. Essentially, if you need to remember what color someone’s shoe was from four hours ago or how to tune an instrument, Penelope is your girl. If it’s anything else she might not be that useful to you.
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Penelope can be considered an outcast in her high school, lacking any fundamental amount of friends and following her mother’s death in a collision has withdrawn any interest to. With this in mind, she isn’t completely lacking in socialization due to her involvement with internet communities and discussion groups, though she has no distinct relationships with individuals in said groups outside of being known as a member of the community.
Had Mars not been destroyed by The Imperium, perhaps M’gann would be the spitting image of the Martian Manhunter’s daughter. In her near human form M’gann has adopted shoulder length red hair and a uniform that is reminiscent of her mentor with the inclusion of a shirt and skirt. In her human from she adopts a Caucasian appearance in addition to her shoulder length red hair with her choice of clothing changing from day-to-day within various neo-Gothamite fashions that appeal to her.
◤ A B I L I T I E S ◢
Due to her Martian Physiology, M’gann holds the same amount of vast metahuman abilities that the only other Martian survivor, J’onn J’onzz, holds. Despite that fact, M’gann however is immeasurably less experienced and has physical and mental limitations regarding her particular powerset that she has yet to overcome. These abilities range from superhuman strength, levitation, shapeshifting, intangibility, invisibility, telekinesis, and telepathy. J’onn himself has stated that she is the most powerful prospective telepath he has ever seen, though the depth of her ability to control the power has yet to be mastered. Only time will tell.
◤ W E A K N E S S E S ◢
Martians are immensely weak to fire and thermal energy, the latter of which having become common since the advent of energy weapons in the early 21st Century. Additionally, much like her kinsman and mentor, M’gann holds an adverse psychological aversion to fire and this can be seen in her struggles to think clearly when a building is engulfed in an inferno -- since the majority of her powers are based on her mental focus, a simple fire can cause her to lose focus and therefore easily be defeated. Beyond these pyrophobic issues, M’gann is also not as rational or impartial as her mentor; instead being emotional and oftentimes irrational. This can lead to bad judgement calls, irrational actions, and other sentiments that could be used against her.
◤ N O T E S ◢
A DCAU interpetation of the character; I am on the fence if the schism between the white martians and green martians happened in this canon since The Imperium look similar to the white martians, which changes some factors of her alienation. Also, there will never ever be a “Hello, M’gann!” moment. Ever.
House Wyl is a principal vassal house (albeit lesser than the Blackmont’s, Dayne’s, and Yronwood’s) of Dorne whom hold their seat at Castle Wyl. The current ruling lord of the house is Yoren Wyl, the young untested son of Vorian Wyl.
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The strength of Wyl is sufficient, though not as large as houses like Yronwood or Dayne. The strength of Wyl is roughly 4,000 - 5,000 swords.
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Vorian Wyl, Deceased Thalina Dayne, 39 ... Melara Wyl, 18, Married into House Blackmont ... Sybelle Wyl, 15 ... Jynessa Wyl, 13 ... Yoren Wyl, 11 ... Ydrian Wyl, 8
House Tully is the ruling house of the Trident -- also known as the Riverlands -- whom hold their seat at Riverrun. The current ruling lord of the house is Medgar Tully.
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The strength of the Trident is significant. Whilst relationships with other members of the Seven Kingdoms have been cautious due to the ramifications of alliances, where the Trident lacks in political power they hold in their personal strength including military and economic strength -- though they are certainly not the strongest in either of those areas they are nonetheless valuable as allies and members under the Iron Throne.
The strength of the Trident is roughly 45,000 - 50,000 swords, likely comparable to a lesser extent to The Reach. Unfortunately, the strong personalities of the river lords lead to fractious divisions as much is clear as rivalries’ and contentment’s still exist today. It is said that two of the major houses, the Brackens and Blackwoods, could easily cause issue and historically have caused problems helping to paralyze the region. The ratio of foot-to-horse is likely fairly high, standing at around 3-to-1. Houses on the major rivers will have barges, galleys, and skiffs while the masters of Seagard, Maidenpool, and other port holdings own a fair amount of major ships for coastal defense. The major contributions to naval strength is House Mallister, House Mooton, and House Cox. Additionally, the Trident hosts some of the finest archers in Westeros that hail north from Dorne.
In recent years, House Tully has been largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things with no principal role in realm affairs since Lord Kermit Tully drew his sword in battle against Lord Borros Baratheon during the Dance of the Dragons.
House Butterwell is an affluent house of the Trident -- also known as the Riverlands -- whom hold their seat at Whitewalls. The current ruling lord of the house is Ambrose Butterwell.
◤ M I L I T A R Y S T R E N G T H ◢
The strength of Whitewalls is moderate, though not as large as houses like Mallister or Blackwood. The strength of Whitewalls is roughly 1,000 - 2,000 swords, though House Butterwell hosts many resources and wealth; the majority of cheese in The Trident comes from the lordship itself and it holds several mines in the southern hills of its demesne. The wealth that comes from these resources often has a direct relationship with sellsword bands, thus the numbers of Whitewalls forces can be incrased by at least four thousand beyond its traditional levies.
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Ambrose Butterwell, 55 Catelyn Vance, Deceased ... Willem Butterwell, Deceased ... Efran Butterwell, Deceased ... Romarn Butterwell, 27 ... Jocella Butterwell, 24, Married into House Hiddle ... Myranda Butterwell, 19, Married into House Risley ... Lysa Butterwell, 16, Married into House Costayne
Wields Lady Forlorn, the ancestral Valyrian Steel sword of his house.
Dueled Daemon Blackfyre during the rebellion and lived to tell the tale.
In his youth was one of the finest swordsmen in Westeros and is still highly regarded.
Elected to Lord Commander of the Kingsguard due to his faithful service to the crown.
Holds more virtues than sins; is content, humble, and just.
Earned his Knighthood fighting against the Hill Clansmen of the Vale.
Fought alongside Alyn 'Oakenfist' Velaryon against the Pirate Lords of The Stepstones.
Sympathetic but not loyal to the Blackfyre cause.
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A man some fifty years past his nameday, Gwayne Corbray is not the man he used to be. Despite surviving a duel with Daemon Blackfyre fifteen years ago, the aged valeman has lost some of his wits in the process. He still recalls significant moments from the battle including how close he came to becoming a one-handed, blind, incapable cripple. His bones ache, his thoughts linger on doubts, and he moves noticeably slower than he did during the Battle of the Redgrass Field. He has been described as a man who bears a ghostly expression as he stands firm as he attempts to lead the Kingsguard following a distressing spring. Gwayne is noticeably taller than some, standing at a decent measure of six foot one.
Fought in the Blackfyre Rebellion as a Crown Loyalist.
Elected to the Kingsguard after Viserys Velaryon died eleven years ago.
Assigned to Rhaegel Targaryen’s children as a protector and mentor.
Has a “Dornish” sense of humor and wit. Offends some people.
Extremely skilled with a spear; competent with a sword and dornish shortbow.
May be perceived as a drunkard if the right circumstances occur.
Skilled tactician; uses quips to psychologically control a duel.
Well tested in the art of commanding forces. Led The Garden Snakes during the Blackfyre Rebellion.
Knighted by Leo 'Longthorn' Tyrell during the Blackfyre Rebellion.
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A man five and thirty past his nameday, Carles stands proud as a dornishmen – though living through a disease and plague-ridden spring and the Blackfyre Rebellion has caused noticeable stress lines form underneath his eyes. Carles is not fat and has kept up a formidable regimen for himself and his ward, Aelora Targaryen. This said, Carles does partake in some excessive peculiarities; he is admittedly “shamelessly addicted” to wine, women, and song though he does take his vow to Kingsguard seriously when sober. In terms of height, Carles stands a little taller than his youngest brother, Sylvas, at six foot three.
◤ H I S T O R Y ◢
Carles Santagar was born the third son of Lord Mellario Santagar in 176 AC, fifteen years since Dorne was “conquered” by The Iron Throne. As such, Carles grew up in a much different Dorne than his predecessors had. But this would not mean that the future for Carles was laid without conflict, a fact that would be realized during the rebellion that was soon to come – a rebellion that would not be Dornish in nature but nonetheless involve it, a rebellion that would earn Carles his stripes as a Dornish warrior and his inevitable future serving the greater realm.
The Blackfyre Rebellion as it would be named was a call to arms, a tenuous succession crisis that for some was another Dance of Dragons; but for the Dornish it was the first time they could involve themselves in such a conflict proper. Though Carles would never imagine that any Dornishmen would call for anyone but House Targaryen, an error that he would reflect on after the rebellion had been ended and his spear through Trystane Yronwood’s throat. A conclusion that would not come to pass for many fortnights. In the beginning, Carles took ship aboard a Dornish galley that had set its course for The Arbor to link up with loyalist forces and strengthen the assurance that Dornish spears and arrows served the crown and not their own interests. Carles was one of many untested knights to seek glory in this venture; though no dornishmen truly knew how divided House Redwyne was about the rebellion, a reality that was revealed to them when they landed at The Arbor sometime later during a bloody battle – the dornish forces changing the tides of the battle as they fought alongside the Reachmen to consolidate a victory. It would be an irony that was not lost on House Redwyne and its vassals.
With the victory at The Arbor, Carles and his dornish comrades began coordinating with House Redwyne’s rulership. The next step for the dornishmen was a reinforcement of the area as further Blackrfyre rebels were still a pertinent threat. A sort of reprieve that was celebrated with wine, an experience that Carles (to this day) accounts for his “drinking problem”. But such entertainment would only be temporary, as it was war after all. As the war continued, Carles fought tirelessly in The Reach and gained a reputation as a markedly standout warrior and surprisingly clever tactician among the retinue that had become known as The Garden Snakes by their reachmen allies. A reputation would be tested in the battles to come.
Recognized by Lord Artor Redwyne for Carles’ contributions during The Battle of The Arbor, the dornish retinue were commanded to group up under him as the loyalist forces would take ship to Bandallon with Lord Crodell Blackbar’s forces before making way to Highgarden in hopes with gathering with the Lord Paramount of The Reach’s forces to dismantle the rebel forces in the region. An able and wise plan, had it gone off without issue. The troubles would begin when Lord Leo Tyrell stopped his rendezvous at Brightwater Keep with the Redwyne-Blackbar army and instead to turn back to Highgarden and reinforce his defenses to protect from a possible invasion from the north by Blackfyre insurgents led by Quentyn Ball. The marching loyalist forces were on their own and effectively told to meet at Highgarden instead. But the approach to Highgarden would come with complications starting with a skirmish at Brightwater Keep.
Daughter of Rhaegel Targaryen, the third son of King Daeron II Targaryen.
Fostered in Sunspear since she was of age.
A skilled duelist, despite gender and political restrictions put upon her.
Twin of Aelor Targaryen, a bookish sort who has begun studying at the Citadel.
Has exceptional arrogance due to her lineage and believes herself to be more important than she actually is.
Unruly and defiant yet can be put in check by elder Targaryen family members.
Idolizes Visenya Targaryen, the warrior queen of Aegon the Conqueror.
Has an ill temperament when things upset her; wroth.
Beautiful, though supposedly not as fair as her younger sister.
Stubborn in her resolve, diligent in her beliefs and ambitions.
Wishes to inherit the valyrian steel sword known as Dark Sister.
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A beautiful young woman of six and ten, Aelora Targaryen has inherited her grandmother’s Dornish complexion and the typical High Valyrian traits expected of a Targaryen including long flowing ivory hair and azure pupils. Aelora’s modest [albeit trained] physical appearance has been said to be offset by her personality and interests – the Targaryen girl’s appeal less so than her slightly younger sister due to the fact Daenora has more of a “womanly” presence. This aside, Aelora is not unattractive and her interest has been often sought after and not only for the political gains of House Targaryen.
◤ H I S T O R Y ◢
Born in 195 AC, The firstborn child of Rhaegel Targaryen and the twin sister of her brother, Aelor Targaryen, Aelora Targaryen was impatient even before she was born as evident for her being the first of the twins to come into the world. In her youngest years in her childhood home of Summerhall, Aelora was for the most part left to her own devices with her siblings. Aelora’s only interests during this period of her life were rather limited to her pride as a Targaryen, interest in Valyrian history, and fearless ventures around Summerhall of which her brother attempted to dissuade her from doing with little success. These ventures would eventually lead to a lecture by her mother – a lecture she refused to listen to as she felt it didn’t apply to her due to her bloodline as in the young Aelora’s mind rules didn’t apply to those bearing the name Targaryen; such defiance of her betters wouldn’t cede Aelora of discipline, however.
As Aelora aged, the realm began to suffer – the spring sickness had become an epidemic and as a result dangerous civil unease began to take shape. For her family’s protection a member of the Kingsguard, Carles Santagar, was selected to serve as the guardian of the twin dragons, though Carles had initially assigned to their father, Rhaegel, whom had deemed it more important to protect his children than loom over his shoulder. The noteworthy accomplishments of the dornish knight being somewhat known to the twins, Aelora demanded to learn his “ways” whilst her brother simply wanted to relish in the stories he could tell of not only the rebellion but also of Dorne.
A few days after the anniversary of her nameday, Aelora learned that her time at The Red Keep had come to an end. Due in part to the madness of Rhaegel Targaryen, the discussion for the fostering of the twin dragons became subject and discussions began on what to do with the twins especially as their father’s antics and sickness continued to worsen – leading to a half-naked inebriated appearance that became infamous to courtiers, guests, and the royal family alike. When she was ten years past her nameday, the decision of fostering the young girl came to pass. The house to hold this responsibility being none other than House Martell due to their connections through the current ruling Prince of Dorne’s wife, Daenerys Targaryen. Happily excited about the prospect of seeing new lands and learning new things, Aelora wished her bookish twin brother farewell though her worries on her father’s health remained on her mind as she boarded a ship for Sunspear.
With Carles Santagar of the Kingsguard at her side, Aelora attempted to get accustomed to the Dornish culture and climate.